Michelle Asha Cooper is the president of The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). As a results-oriented, decisive leader with significant experience in the postsecondary education field, Cooper is recognized as a well-respected practitioner, researcher, and policy advocate helping to reaffirm IHEP's role of ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students.
Cooper is responsible for leading the organization’s rich history of addressing the educational needs of today’s students, particularly underserved students. Cooper also oversees the organization’s expansive research portfolio and analytic expertise to inform and shape national, state, local, and institutional policy reform.
Prior to joining IHEP, Cooper held various leadership positions at the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at the U.S. DOE, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College